What does DAMN mean?

A catch-all slang term that has come to have many meanings, including contempt or amazement. Originates from at least 1200 AD Middle English and Latin word for wishing harm and damage.


Other definitions of DAMN:

  • A expression of awe, amazement, or disbelief.
  • A term used to wish damage or harm, often in a biblical sense, onto someone or something.
  • An object of caring — as in: giving a damn, or not giving a damn. The first implies caring, while the latter implies aloofness.
  • A versatile enhancement word that is unlikely to warrant offense — used to place emphasis on objects within a sentence.

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How to use the term

  • Damn. I just did not see that coming.

  • Damn you, Billie Jean! This is not my kid!

  • You better start giving a damn if you want to get your degree.

  • Where are my damn keys? I'm going to be late for work.


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